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Keith Haring: The Blueprint Drawings 16 - Signed Print

The Blueprint Drawings 16
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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Screenprint, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 33
H 98cm x W 108cm

Critical Review

Originally produced as unique works on paper with Sumi ink, Haring displayed these works in a one-week exhibition in Manhattan in 1980 where not a single drawing was sold. However, he did find success in the sale of several blueprint copies of the original drawings and so revisited the subject in 1990, a month before his tragic death creating a portfolio of 17 screen prints of the original images.

Communicating complex ideas through a simplistic visual language, this series incorporates some of Haring’s most recognisable pictograms and represents one of his most accomplished works. Stairs are a prominent motif in The Blueprint Drawings series, with figures running up and falling down, and are always covered in dots, to symbolise the otherness of homosexuality and illness.

A sense of movement and dynamism is created in the print through Haring’s use of graphic action lines and dotted surface of the stairs. As with other prints in the series, The Blueprint Drawings 16 is striking in its graphic simplicity limited to black line against a white background.

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